Ways to Make Money: Side Hustle Ideas

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Securing your financial future is all about taking small, but important, steps. Things like creating a budget, reducing unnecessary expenses, and saving a higher percentage of your income are not really hard to do, but they do require you to take the initiative to make it happen.

Regardless of how well you manage your money, it never hurts to find some ways to make more money. The best way to reach your financial goals is to effectively manage what you already have, and to increase your income so you can save and invest more.

If you’re looking to make more money you could try to get a raise at your full-time job or work overtime, if it’s available. But maybe that’s not very appealing to you. In addition to being a source of extra money, a side hustle can be a lot of fun, and in some cases can turn into something much bigger.

Not only that, but side hustles are flexible, and there’s something for everyone. If you have a full-time job you can find ways to make money in your spare time. If you’re a stay-at-home parent and looking to supplement your spouse’s income, there are plenty of things that you can do as well.

This article is a collection of more than 100 possible side hustles. It’s quite an exhaustive list, so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference.

Regardless of your schedule, skills, and stage of life, there are definitely some possibilities here. Take some time to read through the list, find the ones that interest you the most, and take action.

The opportunities are categorized and quick links to the categories are in the Table of Contents below.

My Favorite Ways to Make Money

I want to start the article by mentioning some of my favorite side hustles. I like these options because just about anyone can do them. They offer good income potential and there are plenty of opportunities. Here are my top 10 favorite side hustles.

1. Start a Blog

Start a Blog

Blogging is my favorite side hustle, and you can read why in this article: 11 Reasons Why Blogging is My Favorite Side Hustle. Back in 2007, I started blogging because I wanted some extra money, and in 2008 it turned into a full-time income that allowed me to leave my job and work from home.

2. Build a Niche Website

Niche websites allow you to target low-competition keywords and phrases that allow you to get free search traffic from Google. The possibilities really are endless, and once the site is generating traffic and making money it can be a source of somewhat passive income, and isn’t everyone after passive income?

→ See my Complete Guide to Building a Profitable Niche Website.

3. Freelance Writing

If you need to start making money immediately, freelance writing is a better option than building your own blog or niche website. Freelance writing is a great option because you can make very good money if you’re able to land the right clients, and you’ll have a lot of flexibility in your working hours.

→ See my article How (and Why) to Get Started as a Freelance Writer.

4. Sell Private-Label Products on Amazon

Amazon is a giant among online retailers, and you can leverage Amazon’s massive audience to sell your own products. One of the best ways is to start your own private label brand. You’ll find a manufacturer to create a product with your own label or branding, send it to Amazon’s warehouses, and when customers place orders Amazon will fulfill the orders and send the product to customers. All of the product manufacturing and order fulfillment is handled by someone else, so it’s possible to run this business on very limited hours and still make a great income. Sounds pretty good, right? My wife and I ran a successful private label business part-time from 2015 – 2017 and then sold it for a six-figure amount.

→ See my Complete Guide to Selling Private Label Products on Amazon.

5. Retail Arbitrage

Retail arbitrage is another popular option for making money on Amazon. With retail arbitrage you will buy products that are on sale at various retailers and then resell the same product on Amazon for a higher amount. Unlike private labeling, with retail arbitrage you’re not creating your own products, you’re selling products from other brands.

If you’d like an experienced seller to show you step-by-step how to do this, please checkout Amazon Boot Camp.

6. Flea Market Flipping

You can buy items at yard sales, flea markets, auctions, thrift stores, or online and then re-sell them for a profit. You may sell the products locally in person, or you can sell on sites like Ebay and Craigslist. You can also gather up things around your house that you no longer use and sell them. It’s very possible to make a great income with this approach, and you don’t need any specific skills or experience. One of the nice things is you can do this with whatever time you have. Do it on a small scale if you only have a few hours, or take it to another level if you have the time. See my articles 25+ of the Easiest Things to Flip for Profit and Flipping Furniture for Profit.

Flea Market Flipper University will teach you everything you need to know to make a great income from flipping items. The couple that created the course makes more than $100,000 by working 20-30 hours per week.

7. Work as a Virtual Assistant

Working as a virtual assistant can be a great side hustle, or even a full-time job. Virtual assistants perform a lot of different tasks, depending on the job. Things like customer service, administrative work, and managing social media accounts are common tasks for VAs.

To get started, read How to Become a Virtual Assistant: Everything You Need to Know, or take the course 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.

8. Proofreading

If you’re looking for flexible work with the potential to make good money, proofreading is an excellent opportunity. You’ll need to be good with grammar and have attention for detail. There is a lot of work available and the income potential is excellent.

If you’re interested in learning more about proofreading be sure to check out this free 45-minute workshop.

9. Transcription

With an internet connection and some typing skills you can make some extra money as a transcriptionist. You’ll benefit from flexible hours and you can make real money for your work.

TranscribeMe pay starts at $20 per audio hour. The average transcriber makes $250 per month with top earners averaging $2,200 per month.

GoTranscript pays up to $0.60 per video or audio minute. Their transcribers earn an average of $150 per month, with the highest being $1,215 per month.

SpeakWrite claims average users earn $300 per month, with top earners making up to $3,000 per month.

If you want to learn how you can make money as a transcriptionist, check out this free 7-lesson mini course.

10. Take Online Surveys

Online surveys are a favorite side hustle for many people, and there are several reasons why. You don’t need any special experience, you can take the surveys in your spare time, and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home.

There are lot of different websites that will pay you to take surveys, and I’ll be writing more about some of these sites in the near future. But for now, my favorite option is Swagbucks. With Swagbucks you can make money by taking short, easy surveys, as well as many other things like watching videos, playing games, and shopping online. You’ll also get a $5 bonus for signing up through this link.

→ Get started with Swagbucks here to get that $5 bonus.

11. Work as a Social Media Manager

Many small businesses don’t have the time or resources to effectively manage their social media profiles in-house. There is a big opportunity for providing social media marketing services for clients. This could involve daily monitoring and posting to specific social media sites, managing social ads, and even creating images, videos, or content for brands to share and publish through their social profiles. With just a few clients you could make a decent amount of money each month.

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